Everyone’s different, of course, and results will vary according to your age, diet and state of health, but generally you will see the first results in a few days. Bear in mind your body takes 3-4 months to replenish bodily tissue and increase the body’s collagen levels. When taken consistently, most people find their hair, skin, nails and joints all improve and remain that way. A good way to measure is to (a) take a picture of your face and hair before you start. (b) write down all the things you have wrong with you (thin nails, sore joints, hair loss, wrinkles, cellulite, floaters in the eyes etc), and then go back to it in 3 months’ time and see how many of these symptoms have disappeared. You do need to give your body time to replenish collagen levels and see results even though some see immediate results.
Collagen should be taken daily – it is food – and if used daily will produce sustained results. Even if not for cosmetic reasons, for the sake of your bones, cartilage, organs, and gut lining – it is a marvellous supplement for everyone. When it comes to health and beauty, consistency is key – there’s no magic bullet, although I do admit collagen does come close. So results then last as long as you take it, as it reverses the body’s decline and keeps you younger (on the inside and outside) much longer. You won’t live forever, but you’ll have a better quality of life and look a lot better too.
Bovine collagen (which is type 1 – the kind found in my Pure Hydrolysed Collagen) is the most abundant in the body – therefore the most important one to take. Type 2 is also a good idea, but as it’s in short supply right now – bear in mind that type 1 STIMULATES the production of type 2 in the body. Therefore if you take type 1 from bovine collagen, you really are getting both type 1 and type 2.
Collagen is a protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues. Type 1 collagen provides the matrix that sustains the body’s structure in hair, skin, nail, and bones. The collagen molecule is too large to be absorbed topically on the skin, this is why collagen creams DO NOT work. Collagen’s main function is to sustain tendons, skin and cartilage. It provides integrity, firmness and elasticity to their structures, and maximizing collagen levels in your body will keep your skin supple more than any other protein supplement.
Collagen begins to decline in the body around the age of 20-25, and signs this is happening include:
- The onset of, increase in, or deepening of wrinkles
- Decrease in skin elasticity
- Decrease in skin moisture levels
- Stretch marks
Getting a head start in your 20’s is the best way to age well. And did you know collagen is stronger than steel, gram for gram? It’s a complex protein made from many different amino acids, but most abundantly proline, glycine, lysine and hydroxyproline – these are not present in muscle meats! We don’t eat enough collagen-containing gristle and broths in the modern diet to get these valuable amino acids, and that’s why collagen is such a precious supplement.
Hydrolyzed Collagen is more easily digested and absorbed within 30 minutes and is beneficial in replacing the synovial fluids between the joints permitting repair and rebuilding of cartilage weakened by overuse through impact and stress. The human body is made up of 30% collagen of which 70% of these proteins are connective tissue made of collagen. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth. Some doctors are referring to this product as the new anti-ageing product of the century.
By the age of 25, collagen levels have decreased at a rate of 1.5% a year. By the age of 40, collagen is depleted faster than it is produced! And by age 60, over half of the body’s collagen has been depleted. It’s collagen which holds us together – it’s found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, bone tissue, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cornea of the eye. I believe it’s one of those supplements everyone should take, for more youthful looking skin to reducing inflammation and healing your gut, collagen is a true nutritional powerhouse.
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